First Day of Navratri : Mata Shailputri
Goddess Durga is worshipped during the festival of Navratri in nine different avtaras.
On the first day of Navratri starts with the Kalash Pujan. The first avatar of Goddess Durga is known as “Mata Shailputri”.
Mata Shailputri is worshipped on the first day of Navratri. The goddess is a daughter of Mountain king “Himalaya”.
All the forms of Goddess are the form of Shri Shakti. Shailputri is the first avatar among the nine avataras of Mata Durga and she is worshipped on the firt day of Navratri. In the previous birth, Mata Shailputri was the daughter of King Daksha and was known as “Sati Mata Bhavani”. The goddess is also worshipped as Parvati who got married to Lord Shiva. Mata Shailputri rides on a bull, with a “Trishul” as her weapon in the right hand and the “Lotus” flower in the left hand. Goddess has blissfull looks and a pleasant smile on her face. By worshipping Mata Shailputri, one can get their desired fullfilled.
All holy places, rivers, oceans, all the nine grahs, all the eight directions, digpals, nagar devta and gram devta are invited and are offered place in the Kalash and prayers are offered to them. Seven types of grains are placed under the Kalash and the barley seeds are sown in the mud pot and this pot is kept in the puja. All the gods and goddessess are worshipped with the Kalash Pujan saying this mantra :
“Om Jayanti Mangala Kali Bhadra Kali Kapalini,
Durga Shakma Shiva Dhatri Swaha, Swadha Namostute”
And after saying this mantra, the water is sprinkled over all the family members and all over the house and people ask for happiness, health and wealth from the Goddess. Goddess Durga’s idol is placed in the centre of the Puja and on the right and left side, idol of Ganpati and Lakshmi Devi are placed. On the first day of navratri, Bhagwati Durga Drutinashni is worshipped in the form of Goddess Shailputri with flowers, rice, roli and chandan.
Mata Shailputri Ka Dhayan
Vande Vanchitlabhaya Chandrardhakrut Shekharama,
Vrusharudha Shuldhara Shailputri Yashashvanim.
Punendu Nibham Gauri Muladhara Stitha Pratham Durga Trinetram,
Patambar Paridhana Ratnakirita Namalankar Bhushtia.
Prafful vandana pallavadhara kantkapola tug kucham,
Kamaniya Lavanya Snehmukhi Kshinamadhya Nittambnima.
Mata Shailputri Shotra Path
Pratham Durga Twamhibhavsagarh Tarinama,
Dhan Aishwaryayini Shaiputri Pranambhavyan.
Trilojanani Twamhi Parmananda Pradayiman,
Shobhgyarogya Dayini Shailputri Pranamamyaham.
Charachareshwari Twamhimhamoham Vinashini.
Muktibhukti Dayini Shailputri Pranamamyaham.
Mata Shailputri Kawach
Omkarah Meinshirah Patumuladhar Nivashini,
Himkarah Patu Lalate Bijruoopa Maheshwari.
Shrim Karpatuvadane Lavanya Maheshwari,
Humkar Patu Hridayam Tarini Shakti Swadhrut.
Fatkar Pat Sarwange Sarva Shiddhi Fhalaprada.